Celebrate the Year of the (ARKANSAS) Bird - this month!
February 16 - 19, 2018 - the Great Backyard Bird Count
Here's a message from Dr. Dan "The Birdman" Schieman, with Audubon Arkansas:
To celebrate the Year of the (Arkansas) Bird this month I’m asking you to make your birding count for the birds by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) during February 16-19. Citizen science projects like this help Audubon understand how bird populations are changing over time.
Although you can count birds anywhere during the GBBC, our yards can be bird-rich environments. Among the most commonly reported Arkansas birds are Mourning Dove, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, and White-throated Sparrow. The more you look the more you’ll find. During last year’s GBBC I saw an American White Pelican fly over my Little Rock house; yard bird #100!
Need help with bird ID? Try a free app called Merlin (http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/). Answer five simple questions about the bird and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches.
Beware tricky IDs such as House vs. Purple Finch, Downy vs. Hairy Woodpecker, Carolina vs. House Wren, and White-throated vs. White-crowned Sparrow (http://gbbc.birdcount.org/learn_about_birds/). In Arkansas the first of each pair is the more common feeder visitor.
Visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ and look for the “GBBC Toolkit” menu on the right side of the screen. You’ll find instructions for participating and reporting your sightings, as well as helpful tools like bird lists and birding apps for your mobile devices.
From Dr. Dan - and Friends of the Rivers "Thank you" for your interest in Arkansas’s watersheds!